Posts By: Rebecca Barnes

Suggestions for Federal Funding for Church Energy Efficiency or Renewable Energy

Is your congregation curious about energy efficiency and/or renewable energy? Have you heard about the financial resources, tax incentives and pathways provided by this year’s legislation passed through the U.S. Congress for some of these kinds of projects? While not all congregations will be able to make use of these resources, some may be able… Read more »

Preaching in a Climate Crisis, a Clergy Cohort, and Congregational Resources

  Synod of the Covenant recently offered an online workshop on preaching in the climate crisis. Rev. Dr. Jerusha Neal, professor of homiletics at Duke Divinity School, led this great offering, titled “Preaching Exilic Hope in the Climate Crisis.”  Watch the recording here. You won’t be sorry- it was an excellent workshop with important elements… Read more »

Faith Leaders Call for Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

Gathering of Delegates in front of COP26 sign The Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness is one of many faith organizations signing on to a call that governments urgently commence negotiations to develop and implement a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. Denominational staff attending COP 28 in Dubai will include mission-coworkers and staff for the Office of Public Witness and the Presbyterian Ministry… Read more »

Climate Ambassador Training in Spanish! Entrenamiento Virtual Gratuito: Cómo Liderar en el Cambio Climático y la Fe

Register here for this great opportunity to take this training in Spanish: Code is “tierra” Entrenamiento Virtual Gratuito: Cómo Liderar en el Cambio Climático y la Fe ¿Sabías que más del 70% de las personas en los Estados Unidos dicen que están preocupadas por el cambio climático, y un 42% dicen que están muy preocupadas? pero… Read more »

General Assembly ACSWP Report “Investing in a Green Future” now available!

The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) prepared “Investing in a Green Future” for the 2020 General Assembly that ended up being abbreviated due to COVID. Thus, their policy paper was updated and submitted to the General Assembly in 2022, was approved, and is now available to read, study, and discuss! As often, there… Read more »

Plan now to attend Oct 28 online free Climate Ambassador Training!

We are partnering with Blessed Tomorrow to offer a live, virtual Climate Ambassador Training on October 28th, 2023 from 12pm – 4pm ET / 9am – 1pm PT. The training equips you with the knowledge, hands-on experience, and resources to speak and take action on climate change in your home, neighborhood, place of worship, community,… Read more »

Mid-Kentucky Presbytery is a runners-up for Interfaith Power & Light’s ‘Cool Congregations’ awards

By Mid-Kentucky Presbytery and Interfaith Power & Light | Special to Presbyterian News Service Printed first on Feb 14, 2023 at The presbytery prioritizes energy efficiency, renewables and sustainability   Mid-Kentucky Presbytery is one of the 18 national Interfaith Power & Light 2023 Cool Congregations Challenge awarded a $500 runner-up award. The annual contest accepts applications from… Read more »

The Weight We Carry

(re-shared from With thanks to Christian Minimalism blog writer Becca Ehrlich and to Presbyterian pastor Meghan Davis-Brass for letting us re-post this blog entry. Note: This is a guest post by Meghan Davis-Brass, pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Newton, Iowa, where she also teaches yoga and lives with her husband and dog. Meghan has entirely too… Read more »

Stated Clerk joins interfaith leaders at climate action roundtable

Reposted from PC(USA) News   Sixteen leaders look at ways to involve clergy of all faiths Rick Jones | Office of the General Assembly – November 30, 2022 LOUISVILLE Faith leaders gather in New York City to look at ways to encourage congregations to get involved in climate change efforts. Photo courtesy of ecoAmerica’s Blessed Tomorrow program…. Read more »